Uncommon Ground

Restaurants, Contemporary American Wrigleyville
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Uncommon Ground
Photograph: Troy Burt
Uncommon Ground

You might expect a place that has a 70% vegetarian menu and was completely nonsmoking before it had to be to serve boring dishes made with soy milk and flaxseeds. But this coffee shop/bar/restaurant/performance space will surprise you. During brunch, the winners keep coming: The uncommon huevos are gooey, cheesy and substitute black-bean cakes for tortillas; and the fruit plate sometimes comes with passion-fruit sorbet and a slice of white-chocolate banana bread. The dinner hour brings Jeff Buckley tributes and enough surprisingly good cocktails to get through them.


Venue name: Uncommon Ground
Address: 3800 N Clark St
Cross street: at Grace St
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-10pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Addison. Bus: 22, 80, 152.
Price: Average main course: $11
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4.3 / 5

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Charlie J

Uncommon Ground is my go-to spot; I go here for dates, when folks are visiting from out of town, when I want to take myself out to dinner and when I want a good drink. I have been coming here for 10 years now and literally every time I have been here has been a great experience. The servers and bartenders are exceptional; I have always been impressed with their knowledge of food/drinks and recommendations.  The food is local and seasonal(which is difficult given our climate and seasons) but has always impressed me. Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, have been impressed with the menu.  From start to finish,  the drinks, sides, main courses and desserts are so good. I love the wine and beer selection and they have amazing cocktails too. This is casual enough that it's not intimidating but nice enough to impress. I love that they showcase different local artists and host live performers weekly. I love their indoor space as much as I love the patio in warm months. Love this place!

Laura R

Uncommon Ground is a great spot for vegetarians looking for a good lunch or brunch option in Lakeview. Get the "cold and flu buster," hot chamomile tea with a splash of honey and vodka. If you get there early, you might be able to snag a seat by the fireplace, too. 

Nick Kotecki

Low-key, easy to pass by on the street, in somewhat of an unlikely location for a vegetarian restaurant, Uncommon Ground is one of my favorite spots to eat when I'm out on the North Side. The promise of a cozy atmosphere, fireplace and comfort food is too much to pass up!